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#1714 of 2734 Re: Life Expectancy of a 5 Series [ndegroat1]
Jun 29, 2006 (9:16 pm)
Thanks for this message. I have a 2001 525i w/ 75K miles which drives like a dream. Recently I was considering dumping it when I took it to the dealership for service to replace the power steering hoses (which was covered under my CPO warranty). During the service, they also mentioned that my control arm bushings were leaking and it would cost $724 to replace the pair. I was almost in shock, but I took the advise on someone in this forum to find a independent BMW service facility. Needless to say, I found one that has a couple of certified BMW service techs with more than 20 years of experience. They are charging me $350 including tax to replace both bushings.
They replaced all the belts today and also did a thorough inspection to confirm that the rest of the car was in great shape. I was very impressed with the facility and will be going back. My days of getting over charged by the dealerships are over!! Thanks for the hope that I can keep my 525i for a while at "reasonable" costs.
#1715 of 2734 Re: Front end clunk repair continued [wgorman]
Jun 30, 2006 (5:49 am)
Sorry, mine does it in warm weather. This means on our part, that a trip to our tech is in order! Good to hear it will not cost us anything close to $1,000!
P.S. I hit 197 K on my way home from a business trip last night... whoohoo!
Jun 30, 2006 (9:11 am)
I'm considering getting a 2007 530i, but I'm really really sensitive to noise, especially rattles. Things like that drive me nuts.
I haven't seen many complaints here about rattles in the e60, but on e60.net it seems like a lot of people are complaining about them.
Has anyone here had problems with rattles? If so, did you get them fixed, or do they continue to be an issue?
#1717 of 2734 Re: E60 rattles [bdkinnh]
Jul 01, 2006 (3:09 pm)
"Has anyone here had problems with rattles? If so, did you get them fixed, or do they continue to be an issue?"
13 months and 12,500 miles on my '05 530i with NO rattles whatsoever. Probably one of the most solid cars I've ever owned (and I've owned more than a few).
#1718 of 2734 Purchase BMW warranty
Jul 03, 2006 (7:28 am)
I have a 2003 525I with 26,500 miles. My warranty is up in several months. I am looking to purchase extend warranty. Any advice on this issue is greatly appreciated.
#1719 of 2734 Re: Purchase BMW warranty [linhman]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Jul 03, 2006 (10:13 am)
You'll need to read this extended warranty carefully. Look for:
1. Exclusions--what ISN'T covered.
2. Deductibles--they may charge you a flat fee per incident even IF the item is covered.
3. Cost vs. Risk -- would it make more sense to put away each month the cost of the extended warranty and then draw upon it for repairs as needed?
#1720 of 2734 Tire Question
Jul 03, 2006 (1:33 pm)
My 2002 E39 with sport package was outfitted with Michelin PS2. Wear on them is about 50%. Hit something on the road and rear tire blew. Nead to replace the tire. Full size Micheline Pilot Primacy in trunk.
Here are my choices:
a. Purchase another Primacy tire to match spare and use those on rear and put the used PS2 in trunk as spare.
b. Purchase PS2 to replace blown tire and use that one, leave Primacy in trunk as spare.
c. Purchase two PS2 for rear so that tread wear is same on both sides.
I like the PS2's, they have superior grip than the Primacy (except on wet pavement - but not an issue for me because of where I live). I think my questions come down to whether it makes a difference if the tread wear is different on the two (rear) tires, or if I use different tread tires for the front (PS2) and rears (Primacy).
#1721 of 2734 Which rear tire?
by kyfdx HOST
Jul 03, 2006 (8:27 pm)
I notice that my right rear wears a lot faster than the left rear...
If you put the new one on the right rear, you might find that it will wear faster than the one on the left..
You might not get full use out of it by the time it is ready to do a full set replacement, but one PS2 is the way I would go.. You can always try it... if you have ride/vibration problems, then go ahead and get a matching tire for the other side...
#1722 of 2734 Tire Question
Jul 03, 2006 (11:32 pm)
kyfdx, it was the right rear that blew. I have over 16K miles on the tires and the tires show about 50% wear. Even though BMW suggests not to rotate them, I have been rotating them every 5K miles. I keep fronts at 33 psi and rears at 41psi (as per door jam instructions). All four of the tires have even wear. Your suggestion to replace the right rear because it wears quicker is a useful idea though.
#1723 of 2734 Re: Tire Question [pen101]
Jul 04, 2006 (7:39 am)
I keep fronts at 33 psi and rears at 41psi (as per door jam instructions).
Well, unless you are driving around fully loaded all of the time, the door jam instructions recommend that you use 29 in the front and 33 in the rear.